Marine Corps Reserve Center Indianapolis

1802 W 30th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208


The Heslar Naval Armory used to be home to the Naval Recruiting Station Indianapolis, Marine Corps Reserve Center Indianapolis, and the Naval Operations Support Center Indianapolis. The building and property are legally owned by the State of Indiana and managed by the Indiana State Armory Board (an entity of the Indiana National Guard), but were leased to the federal government for use by the United States Navy Reserve and the United States Marine Corps Reserve until early 2015. The facility was converted to educational use with the opening of Riverside High School. Renovating the armory for use as a school cost $10 million, and was completed in June 2018.

Today, the Marine Corps Reserve Center is located just east of the historic Heslar Naval Armory/Riverside High School.

The United States Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR) is a part of the US Marine Corps and includes over 38,000 reservists. Marines in the Reserve go through the same training and work in the same Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) as their active-duty counterparts. The mission of Marine Forces Reserve is to augment and reinforce active Marine forces in time of war, national emergency, or contingency operations; to provide personnel and operational temporary relief for the active forces in peacetime; and to provide service to the community.



The Marine Corps Reserve Center is located in northwest Indianapolis just east of the White River and south of I-65. The nearest large airport is the Indianapolis International Airport (IND), which is just 8 miles from the Reserve Center or a 15-minute drive by car.

The city of Indianapolis offers a variety of transportation options. Visit this page to learn about all of the services offered. IndyGo provides bus service from their downtown hub, and the new Red Line is Indy’s first bus rapid transit line with electric buses.

Interstate 465 loops around Indianapolis providing quick and simple access to the areas around the city.

For information about relocating to the Indianapolis area, visit this page for helpful information.


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The state of Indiana offers a number of different schooling options and are offered the flexibility to choose the school that best fits your child’s educational needs. Visit Enroll Indy to find the best school for your child. 

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit

The Indianapolis Public Schools system offers many different schools for kids Pre-K through grade twelve.
Indianapolis also offers a number of charter and private schools in the area for all ages.

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.


Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars. 

If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too. 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful. 

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.


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Indianapolis & Marion County, Indiana

Office of Public Health and Safety (317) 327-4291

IndyHumane (317) 872-5650

Marion County Sheriff’s Office (317) 327-1700

Indianapolis Public Library (317) 275-4100

Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) in Indianapolis

Utilities in Indianapolis
Indianapolis Power & Light Company
Duke Energy
Hendricks Power Cooperative
Indiana Michigan Power
Citizens Energy Group (Gas, Water, Wastewater Services)
Vectren (Gas Services)
Waste Management
Ray’s Trash Service
Republic Services (Recycling & Waste Solutions)

Here is a list of the cable, Internet and telephone service providers in the area:

Reserve Center Main Phone (317) 924-4300



Housing is not available at this location, but the surrounding area of Indianapolis offers housing for sale and for rent at reasonable prices.

Spring Hill
2.0 miles from the Reserve Center

Just minutes from the Reserve Center, this area north of downtown Indianapolis offers apartments for rent and housing that is close to shopping.

15.2 miles from the Reserve Center

Ranked as one of the best areas to live in the Indianapolis area, Carmel offers great schools, nice housing, and plenty of nearby amenities.

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Indianapolis has a humid continental climate that experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are typically hot and humid with average temperatures around 75° F. High temperatures can soar to the high 90s an average of 18 days per year.

The winters are cold with an average January temperature 28.1° F; during the winter months, the area receives about 25 inches of snowfall. The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 1 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 46°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 22°F and high of 36°F.

Spring and fall are more moderate and comfortable. The rainiest months occur during the spring and summer months from March 26 to August 21; the average rainfall is about 40 inches each year. The chance of a wet day peaks at 42% on June 8. The drier season lasts 7.2 months, from August 21 to March 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on January 29.

Compared to the state average of Indiana the cost of living index in Indianapolis, IN is 89, which is equal to the average in Indiana and compared to the national average it is 11% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Indianapolis, IN goods and services come in at 2% higher than the average in Indiana and are 1% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

Indianapolis is the state capital of Indiana and is the most populous city in the state. Located in Marion County, Indianapolis has seven cultural districts to capitalize on cultural institutions within historically significant neighborhoods unique to the city’s heritage. These include Broad Ripple Village, Canal and White River State Park, Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave, Wholesale, and Market East.

Also, Indianapolis is home to two major league sports clubs, the Indiana Pacers of the NBA and the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. It is home to a number of educational institutions, such as the University of Indianapolis, Butler University, Marian University, and Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Often referred to as “Indy”, offers a variety of attractions for all ages. Enjoy the world’s largest urban state park by walking, biking or segwaying along the Canal Walk, which is a 3-mile journey that follows the Central Canal. In addition, Indianapolis is home to the Indianapolis Colts, the Indianapolis Pacers, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the world’s oldest major automobile race, the Indy 500, is held.

Visit Indy’s many family-friendly attractions like the Indianapolis Zoo. This popular attraction features five different animal habitat biomes to explore, which makes a visit to the zoo possible any time of the year. And, definitely do not miss the popular Indianapolis Children’s Museum and plan to spend the day! It is the largest children’s museum in the world and was named one of the best in the United States by Child magazine. Each year, over one million visitors enjoy this five-level playground that is filled with all kinds of hands-on and interactive exhibits related to science, history and culture.

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail includes 8 miles of urban bike and pedestrian corridors linking the city’s cultural districts with neighborhoods, IUPUI, and every significant arts, cultural, heritage, sports and entertainment venue downtown. Also, the nearby Fort Harrison State Park offers day-use facilities, including a golf course, hiking trails, horseback riding and biking.

In addition, Indianapolis is home to dozens of annual festivals and events showcasing local culture. Notable events include the “Month of May” ( a series of celebrations leading to the Indianapolis 500), the Indiana Black Expo, the Indiana State Fair, the Indy Pride Festival, and the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival.

To learn more about Indianapolis, the “No Mean City”, check out this informational site.

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